Community: Online and IRL

When I first thought of community, I think of the people that I interact with daily in the real world.  But as I looked more in depth at my community, I realized that technology plays a major role in shaping my community.

For me, technology become part of my community but also shapes my community in real life.  Having an easy way to communicate with people I know in real life makes it easy to form connections with them.  Many of these ways of communicating use modern technologies and social media networks.  These devices and networks also are part of my community as they shape my community.  It almost creates a cycle, where the community creates the community, which then that community modifies the community, which then results in the current community.  Some of my closest friends that I have now would be simply just someone’s name I knew if I hadn’t had access to a cell phone in order to contact them to spend time together.  In this case it was the technology that was necessary to start the connection that then would have continued regardless of technology or not.  As these social media networks and technologies become even more widespread than they already are, then the lines between the IRL community and the online community become increasingly blurred.

Advertisements

3 thoughts on “Community: Online and IRL”

  1. IRL community and online community. It is interesting how we split these, but not “Phone” community or even specifics such as “Email” Community. I wonder why we draw the line there?

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s